Decisions…

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes worry about getting old and grey. I used to worry that I’d skate through life and before I knew it, I’d be sat replaying my yesterdays wishing I had done things differently.

Before I came to EHU I was clueless about what to do after my Sociology degree. If I’m being honest, I’m still not 100% sure of my life plan, but I’m getting there. EHU has opened doors that I never even knew could be opened. I used to think I had limited options with my degree, but after talking to my lecturers and staff members I’m literally blown away with the range of choices I have. From working in the social sector such as in the police institute, social work or teaching, all the way to graduate jobs in retail, administration and charity organisations. I’ve been advised to take my time making decisions and not to jump head first into a job I’m not going to love.

Thankfully decisions don’t have to be made over night, so I have all summer to work things out… But I’m glad I have EHU to fall back on when I need help understanding my options and making decisions.

Until next time…:)

Student Support at Edge Hill University

Sometimes being at university and far away from home and your parents, there are a few questions that need to be asked but you can be a little unsure as to where to turn. This is where Student Services comes in, it’s a whole team of really lovely people dedicated to the students to help and guide you in so many different ways! The team is situated in the Student Information Centre (S.I.C) which you can find just to the right of the library in the centre of the campus. The team are there to help and advise in a number of different ways from career advice to financial support and counselling, they are a lovely team and are always happy to help however they can!
ssHomeHere I have put together a little summary to show you the kinds of things Student Services help students with all over campus, to show you there’s really no need to sweat the small stuff! The titles are links to the website if you want more info!

Accommodation Support and Advice
This is for both students that live on campus and off campus! Say for example you’re having problems with your landlord, or perhaps the people you’re living with in halls, there is a team of people dedicated to making sure you’re totally happy in your living situation and will help you any way they can to do so!

Careers and part-time Jobs
There is a careers centre based in the S.I.C that will be able to help you with part-time work in addition to graduate employment. Just by signing up they send out weekly emails with current part-time vacancies, and if you make an appointment with a member of the team they are more than happy to help you with job applications and CV writing! It’s also great to note they can help you up to 3 years after you graduate!! I went in looking for advice on internships and placements and they were really helpful.

Finance 
Whether you’re in a tiff with student finance or struggling with the cost of living, student services are here to help, whether that’s helping you secure part-time work or helping you out with a stress free budget plan!

Counselling and Wellbeing
I think this is a really important one, especially when you’re embarking on a new adventure like moving to university, it can all be very overwhelming! The counsellors are there to help you with any concerns or worries you may have and will help you find solutions to problems or ways of coping, or even just someone to talk through your problems with! They also offer a range of sessions such as relaxation sessions to help tackle stress!

Making It Through Your Degree

In case you didn’t know already, completing your degree isn’t easy. Despite what the media and some older generations might tell you, being a student is tough. Luckily at Edge Hill there’s a lot of places you can go for support. I can’t speak for people on other courses, but I feel like the tutors in my department really are wonderful if I ever have any problems.

Although I absolutely love my course most of the time, it’s not always fun and games. From time to time it can all get a bit much and I’ve found myself in a bit of a slump or about to have some sort of breakdown over an essay more than once.  Sometimes an email to, or a conversation with, a tutor is all you need to spark up your enthusiasm again, and I’ve always found my tutors happy to talk about any issues I might be having and they will always work with me to come up with a solution.

Then there’s those times where although my tutor has probably gone over it a million times, I still do not understand what that lecture was about. Feeling oblivious, it’s hard to pluck up the courage to talk to a tutor, but it’s always worth it. I’ve never been made to feel like I was stupid for asking for help, and tutors will gladly spend as much time with you as you need, and even recommend books that they think will help.

When you start university, you are assigned a personal tutor who is really there if you need any help or guidance at any point. Even if your problem isn’t exactly related to academic work, tutors will do whatever they can to help you come up with a solution or to point you in the direction of someone who can offer you even better support. I’ve always found that no matter what, there’s always someone at Edge Hill for me to turn to and that’s a really comforting feeling.

Asking for help when needed

No-one can do absolutely everything themselves, after all we all need help with something from time to time. This is particularly true when you’re at university. At Edge Hill there are a number of different services who can offer you help whenever you might need it. They include

  1. The Careers Service – They offer advice on CV writing, applying for part-time jobs, volunteering and other employment opportunities. They also advertise vacancies through their Facebook page
  2. The Accommodation Team – Pretty self explanatory. They are in charge of matters related to living on campus and advertise off campus accommodation too.
  3. Student Union – They are can point you in the right direction if you’re not sure where to go for help and can offer advice on legal matters should they ever arise dying your time at university. They will also help you set up a society if there’s one your itching to create and run.
  4. Counselling Service – This is a service I’ve started accessing recently. They will help you with more personal matters and run workshops to help you improve your mental well being.
  5. Facilities Management – They are in charge of running the campus and based at the During Centre behind the Wilson building. If you ever need to put up a poster about something, ask them first.
  6. Departmental Tutors- As mentioned in my other blog on student support (here) when you first come to university you will be assigned a personal tutor from within your department who you can speak to on a one to one basis. You can also make appointments with tutors for specific modules if you need to talk someone about a particular piece of coursework whether it’s getting them to check an essay plan or discuss feedback with you. It is worth making use of this service.

 

Student Support

Edge Hill has a lot to offer in the way of a support network, but I always find that when in doubt it’s best to start at the Student Information Centre. The Student Information Centre is on campus, right next to the library, and it is a great place to get advice. I’ve actually been having council-tax-related-trouble this morning, so I rang up the Student Information Centre and they advised me over the phone. Here are some of the things they can help you with:

They can help you if: 

…you need to talk to a one-on-one counsellor- If you’re struggling and need somebody to talk to then a counselling session can be arranged. Read more HERE.

…you are struggling to find work- The Student Information Centre includes the Careers Centre. In the Careers Centre the advisors are on hand to assist students in getting jobs and to help students with their employability. They can look over your CV and arrange voluntary work. Read more HERE.

…you need financial advice- Today, after over an hour of calling various people at Liverpool council, googling things that I’d never understand and tearing my hair out I called the Student Information Centre. They advised me on how best to proceed and put my mind at rest. They can also help with budgeting and funding information. Read more HERE.

…you need childcare support- Edge Hill assist where they can in making it as easy as possible for parents to attend university. They can give information and advice on childcare and can also give information regarding financial support. Read more HERE.

Click HERE for more information on the support offered to students.

 

 

The Careers Centre

One of the services available at Edge Hill that I’ve used a lot is the Careers Centre.  If you’re thinking of getting a job whilst you’re at university, over the holidays, or even after you graduate, the Careers Centre can be really useful. They advertise loads of vacancies for all kinds of jobs, all accessible by the online vacancy system which you can browse at your leisure. I’ve used this to find a few temporary jobs and have been so grateful just to have everything in one place. It’s really easy to use and gives you all the information that you need.

They don’t only advertise jobs, however. Their team of advisers are always available if you need to chat about anything, for example, if you wanted some advice about what kinds of careers your degree opens doors for, or what you can do to help you prepare to get your dream job.  They will also check over your CV or job application with you, to make sure you’re doing everything possible to sell yourself to employers.

In addition, Edge Hill holds careers fairs where loads of potential employers are invited on to campus. This is a great chance to learn about different careers and network, meaning you have contacts should you need them in the future.

Edge Hill also really encourages volunteering, whether it’s to give back to the community or to act as a route in to employment. There’s always volunteering vacancies being advertised on the online vacancy page, so if it’s something you’re interested in it will be really easy to find an opportunity.

Offering all of this is where I feel Edge Hill’s Careers Centre really goes above and beyond what is required and is just fantastic at supporting us students. The Careers Centre is a service I know that I’m very lucky to have access to and I plan to carry on making the most of it when I am looking for my first graduate job.